Mr. Tambourine Man
Maybe I judge song writing incorrectly. I really enjoyed this track by Dylan but I just can't stand it when the Byrds do it. I can only imagine that every Byrd band meeting starts the same way. "Hey, let's do a new song - what should we start with?" "Let's do the harmonies, make it all blend together so we don't really have a focal point and then we'll just do whatever for the rest - it doesn't really matter."
You Won't Have to Cry
It's No Use
It's the only song on the album that doesn't sound exactly like the rest of them. The vocal arrangement is slightly different in this recording, it allows a lead vocal to emerge and be the focus while the other harmonies are completely supplemental. Also, the music is actually present and has it's own identity in this song - it rocks a bit and even has a three second blistering guitar solo. If this was what the rest of the record sounded like, I would have definitely enjoyed it.
All in all, it's hard to believe that I was dreading listening to this album and yet, it was still a disappointment. If you've ever heard 'Mr. Tambourine Man' or 'Turn, Turn, Turn' and you've wondered if they have any other good songs - stop while you're behind. I realize that there's a generation that loves the Byrds and they absolutely should. The Byrds represent a decade of music and a style that may be viewed as the good ol' days. However, I personally lack any nostalgia and the music just didn't cut it. Through many publications I saw comparisons to the Beatles and all I can say is. The Byrds are the Beatles-lite. Wait - that's not even fair: They're the lite version of what ever the Beatles' lite's lite version is.
Tomorrow's album: Guster's Keep it Together.